E-Democracy Meets
   E-Journalism
How the Net can support local
  and state governance and
    citizen engagement.

      ...
Outline

• Introduction

• 30+ Examples, 30 Seconds Each

• Questions:
  – What’s so essential that …
  – Will it really m...
Hello


•It all started in 1994 …



•Government by day,
 citizen by night …

       e-democracy.org
A new Athens for Democracy?




     e-democracy.org
“News”

•Timely access to
 information so you can:
 –Know “what’s new” or what
  someone else thinks is important
 –Be inf...
The Intelligence is on the Network


•Shared my assignment
 with 4,000+ people

•Are you aware of sites that
 do X or Y?
 ...
E-Alerts




e-democracy.org
E-mail
notices in
 St. Paul




       e-democracy.org
Digital Recording and Webcasting
                       Oregon and San
                       Francisco require
          ...
Miami Input on Strategic Plan




     e-democracy.org
Taskforce and Committee Tools



                 Need for tools for
                 commissions and
                 tas...
Government Spending Information




                      State list
                      maintained by
                 ...
Stimulus/Recovery Transparency




      e-democracy.org
Accountability
• Deep Transparency – Yalova, Turkey
                          They provided access to:
                   ...
Alberta Gov’s Web Feeds

• Those little
  orange
  icons




          e-democracy.org
DC Direct Data Sharing, Mashup




      e-democracy.org
Oakland Crime Data from Police




      e-democracy.org
“Scrape and Bake” Crime Data


                   City responds
                   with its own
                   e-alert...
Reusing Local Gov/Other Data




• Everyblock.com
  – http://everyblock.com

              e-democracy.org     19
Gov Data Reuse – UtahsRight.com




       e-democracy.org
MN DNR Lake Finder Multi Sources




       e-democracy.org
Democracy/Consultation Portal




• Queensland’s democracy portal, policy - AU
  – http://www.moundsviewschools.org
• Ask ...
Legislative Online Public
   Hearings in Brazil




   e-democracy.org
E-Rulemaking
• Democratized
  navigation

• DOT Provides
  Public Access to
  Comments
           Live
          Video

• ...
Schools and Online Engagement




• Moundsview Public Schools
  – http://www.moundsviewschools.org

              e-democr...
Schools and Online Engagement




                                26


      e-democracy.org
Live Rural Villages Town
    Meeting, India –




     e-democracy.org
Right to Petition Government

• What is the Magna Carta’s
  expression in 2007?

• U.S. petitioning mostly
  about e-mail ...
E-Petitions Hosted by Gov in UK




 7+ percent of British population have signed an e-petition here
• UK Prime Minister’s...
Community Wiki




• Kickapoo Valley, WI – Kickapedia
 http://kickapedia.wiki.zoho.com/Kickapedia-Home.html

• DC Gov We t...
Maps, Camera, Mobile, Action




• FixMyStreet.com (UK) – mySociety.Org
  – http://fixmystreet.com

              e-democr...
SeeClickFix – MySociety.Org Inspired




         e-democracy.org
Congressional Tweets, Sunlight
         Foundation




      e-democracy.org
Deep Access and Accountability
• Estonia’s Today I Decide, Document
  Register, X-Road (below)




         e-democracy.or...
E-mail Transparency in Palo Alto




      e-democracy.org
Gov Voter Guides in Korea




    e-democracy.org
Mobile Photos to Enforce
Anti-Corruption Election Laws




      e-democracy.org
Local “Everywhere”
• AmericanTowns.com
   – Scrape Millions of
     Local Events
• Topix .net
   – Host online news
     c...
Changed.Gov? Need Democracy.Gov




      e-democracy.org
Citizens Online


•With my E-Democracy.Org
 hat on…

•Citizen engagement –
 community building as
 outcome v. “news”
     ...
Private Spaces with “Public”
Qualities – v. Online Public Spaces




        e-democracy.org
Need Public Spaces – Online
Versions of Town Halls, Capitols
               • Online public spaces,
                 not j...
Blogofest
              Destiny?
         •  Blogs democratize
         media, provide
         accountability
         • ...
Divided We Blog?




             Source:

             The Political Blogosphere and the 2004
             U.S. Election:...
Connect




e-democracy.org   45
Connect the Word
• Blog

• Forum

• Online News/Blog
  Comments

• Chat

• Social Network

• Online
  Consultation

• Onli...
Creating                        City Hall

Public Space -                                                                 ...
Conclusion




e-democracy.org
Discussion Questions

• What is so essential from local and
  state government that it needs to be
  accessible 24 x 7 onl...
Discussion Questions

• (How) Will this make things “better?”
  What’s the outcome that justifies the
  investment in reso...
Links to Everything

• From:

  –http://stevenclift.com




          e-democracy.org
Extra Slides




e-democracy.org
Digital Parade – Social Networks




       e-democracy.org
FYI - Briefs and Case Studies
                                      • Briefs
• Case Studies
                              ...
Recent Articles

• Ten Practical Online Steps for
  Government Support of Democracy

   – Part of new 47 page U.S. governm...
Government Support for
        Democracy Online

1. Timely, personalized access to
   information that matters.

2. Help e...
Government Support for
        Democracy Online

3. Dedicate at least 10% of new
   e-government developments to
   democr...
Government Support for
         Democracy Online
4. Announce all government public
   meetings on the Internet in a
   uni...
Government Support for
         Democracy Online
7. Embrace the rule of law by
   mandating the most democratically
   emp...
Government Support for
         Democracy Online
10. Local up – Build a strategic
   approach to building local
   democra...
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"E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism: How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement." In a presentation delivered Sat., March 21, 2009 at the Newsout.org symposium in Boston, by Stephen Clift, founder and board chair, www.E-Democracy.Org, provides 30 examples of ways governments can provide public information in transparent and useful ways via the Internet.

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  1. 1. E-Democracy Meets E-Journalism How the Net can support local and state governance and citizen engagement. Steven Clift, Founder and Board Chair E-Democracy.Org e-democracy.org
  2. 2. Outline • Introduction • 30+ Examples, 30 Seconds Each • Questions: – What’s so essential that … – Will it really make … e-democracy.org
  3. 3. Hello •It all started in 1994 … •Government by day, citizen by night … e-democracy.org
  4. 4. A new Athens for Democracy? e-democracy.org
  5. 5. “News” •Timely access to information so you can: –Know “what’s new” or what someone else thinks is important –Be informed –Be entertained –Take action and influence what happens next e-democracy.org
  6. 6. The Intelligence is on the Network •Shared my assignment with 4,000+ people •Are you aware of sites that do X or Y? –30+ Examples e-democracy.org
  7. 7. E-Alerts e-democracy.org
  8. 8. E-mail notices in St. Paul e-democracy.org
  9. 9. Digital Recording and Webcasting Oregon and San Francisco require recording of all public meetings by law. Search “Kimo Crossman”. Rule of law – See “Sidewalks for Democracy Online.” Need to require what is most important. What is? e-democracy.org
  10. 10. Miami Input on Strategic Plan e-democracy.org
  11. 11. Taskforce and Committee Tools Need for tools for commissions and task forces – WordPress Blog example used by a sanitation district in Oregon e-democracy.org
  12. 12. Government Spending Information State list maintained by Center for Fiscal Accountability e-democracy.org
  13. 13. Stimulus/Recovery Transparency e-democracy.org
  14. 14. Accountability • Deep Transparency – Yalova, Turkey They provided access to: •Council decisions •Immediate flow of incomes •Daily flow of expenditures •Municipal Tenders •Citizen applications and document follow-up •Wealth Declaration - Increase/decrease of income and wealth of top officials (on left) •US – FederalSpending.Gov •Poland – FOI Laws Require Budget Information Online e-democracy.org
  15. 15. Alberta Gov’s Web Feeds • Those little orange icons e-democracy.org
  16. 16. DC Direct Data Sharing, Mashup e-democracy.org
  17. 17. Oakland Crime Data from Police e-democracy.org
  18. 18. “Scrape and Bake” Crime Data City responds with its own e-alert tool. e-democracy.org
  19. 19. Reusing Local Gov/Other Data • Everyblock.com – http://everyblock.com e-democracy.org 19
  20. 20. Gov Data Reuse – UtahsRight.com e-democracy.org
  21. 21. MN DNR Lake Finder Multi Sources e-democracy.org
  22. 22. Democracy/Consultation Portal • Queensland’s democracy portal, policy - AU – http://www.moundsviewschools.org • Ask Bristol Consultation and Webcasting - UK 22 – http://www.askbristol.com e-democracy.org
  23. 23. Legislative Online Public Hearings in Brazil e-democracy.org
  24. 24. E-Rulemaking • Democratized navigation • DOT Provides Public Access to Comments Live Video • Regulations.Gov should e-democracy.org
  25. 25. Schools and Online Engagement • Moundsview Public Schools – http://www.moundsviewschools.org e-democracy.org 25
  26. 26. Schools and Online Engagement 26 e-democracy.org
  27. 27. Live Rural Villages Town Meeting, India – e-democracy.org
  28. 28. Right to Petition Government • What is the Magna Carta’s expression in 2007? • U.S. petitioning mostly about e-mail acquisition for advocacy not listening or redress of grievences e-democracy.org
  29. 29. E-Petitions Hosted by Gov in UK 7+ percent of British population have signed an e-petition here • UK Prime Minister’s E-Petitions – http://petitions.number10.gov.uk – Kingston upon Thames – http://www.kingston.gov.uk/information/your_council/epetitions.htm e-democracy.org 29
  30. 30. Community Wiki • Kickapoo Valley, WI – Kickapedia http://kickapedia.wiki.zoho.com/Kickapedia-Home.html • DC Gov We the People Wiki e-democracy.org 30
  31. 31. Maps, Camera, Mobile, Action • FixMyStreet.com (UK) – mySociety.Org – http://fixmystreet.com e-democracy.org 31
  32. 32. SeeClickFix – MySociety.Org Inspired e-democracy.org
  33. 33. Congressional Tweets, Sunlight Foundation e-democracy.org
  34. 34. Deep Access and Accountability • Estonia’s Today I Decide, Document Register, X-Road (below) e-democracy.org 34
  35. 35. E-mail Transparency in Palo Alto e-democracy.org
  36. 36. Gov Voter Guides in Korea e-democracy.org
  37. 37. Mobile Photos to Enforce Anti-Corruption Election Laws e-democracy.org
  38. 38. Local “Everywhere” • AmericanTowns.com – Scrape Millions of Local Events • Topix .net – Host online news comments • Virtual Ghost Towns? Civil War? • http://pages.e-democracy.org – search“social media” e-democracy.org
  39. 39. Changed.Gov? Need Democracy.Gov e-democracy.org
  40. 40. Citizens Online •With my E-Democracy.Org hat on… •Citizen engagement – community building as outcome v. “news” e-democracy.org
  41. 41. Private Spaces with “Public” Qualities – v. Online Public Spaces e-democracy.org
  42. 42. Need Public Spaces – Online Versions of Town Halls, Capitols • Online public spaces, not just “public” commercial spaces • Need for decorum, civility, agenda- setting, relevance, accountability <- The Minnesota Capitol Rotunda e-democracy.org
  43. 43. Blogofest Destiny? • Blogs democratize media, provide accountability • Compared to forums, most are highly individualistic often privately controlled spaces with some dialogue • Need own blog to join the e-ristocracy e-democracy.org
  44. 44. Divided We Blog? Source: The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog By Lada Adamic and Natalie Glance e-democracy.org
  45. 45. Connect e-democracy.org 45
  46. 46. Connect the Word • Blog • Forum • Online News/Blog Comments • Chat • Social Network • Online Consultation • Online Working Group • Web Feed e-democracy.org 46
  47. 47. Creating City Hall Public Space - Local Media Cit oup Ctizen #1 Coverage yC Issues Arts Gr ou nci r Forums rte Ma lor o y p or Re New ate R andid esid C ent Issues Forum C i GroupServer Personal t Local Biz e-mails posts Subscribe once Networks i web view Commitment secured z Post via e-mail/web e Libra rian n s 0 50 Ne Ad en igh v oc tiz Forum Manager bo ac Ci “Secondary yG rho Networks” ro ice od up e-mail forwards Civil Society Pol Lea e-democracy.org der
  48. 48. Conclusion e-democracy.org
  49. 49. Discussion Questions • What is so essential from local and state government that it needs to be accessible 24 x 7 online? – With options for • What’s new? • What’s changed? • What’s important (or what others think is important)? • Who is trying to change/influence it? e-democracy.org
  50. 50. Discussion Questions • (How) Will this make things “better?” What’s the outcome that justifies the investment in resources to make the best aspects of e-democracy universal? – Best Practices v. Legal Mandates – Representative v. Participatory Democracy – Informed v. Activated (Protest, etc.) v. Citizen Problem-solving/volunteerism e-democracy.org
  51. 51. Links to Everything • From: –http://stevenclift.com e-democracy.org
  52. 52. Extra Slides e-democracy.org
  53. 53. Digital Parade – Social Networks e-democracy.org
  54. 54. FYI - Briefs and Case Studies • Briefs • Case Studies – Advanced Web Comment – Canadian International Forms Policy eDiscussions – Budget Proposals Online – Community Blogging - – Content Syndication Northfield, Minnesota – Community Portals – Community Forums and News in Subang Jaya - – Democracy Portal Malaysia – Democratized Navigation – Listening to the City - New – Elected Official Videos York City – E-mail Response Policy – Madrid Participa – E-Newsletters – NordPol - Northern – E-Notification Denmark – Geographic Personalisation – Queensland's E-democracy – M-Democracy - Mobile Leadership Content – Seoul's Online Policy – SMS Citizen Input Forum – Voter Education Online – Seattle's Online Civic – Wireless Internet Engagement Initiative http://dowire.org/wiki/UK_highl ights e-democracy.org
  55. 55. Recent Articles • Ten Practical Online Steps for Government Support of Democracy – Part of new 47 page U.S. government publication about e-democracy titled, “How E-Government is Changing Society and Strengthening Democracy.” • Also see - UK Local E-Democracy Project – See: www.icele.org e-democracy.org
  56. 56. Government Support for Democracy Online 1. Timely, personalized access to information that matters. 2. Help e-officials receive, sort and better understand and respond to e-mail. e-democracy.org
  57. 57. Government Support for Democracy Online 3. Dedicate at least 10% of new e-government developments to democracy. – Not “services first, democracy later.” 9. Fund open source sharing internationally across government. e-democracy.org
  58. 58. Government Support for Democracy Online 4. Announce all government public meetings on the Internet in a uniform matter. 5. Allow all people to look-up all of their elected officials from the very local to national in one search. 6. Host online public hearings and dialogues e-democracy.org
  59. 59. Government Support for Democracy Online 7. Embrace the rule of law by mandating the most democratically empowering online services and rights across the whole of government. – Open meeting laws, ethics information 8. Promote dissemination through access to raw data from decision- making information systems. e-democracy.org
  60. 60. Government Support for Democracy Online 10. Local up – Build a strategic approach to building local democracy online – Absolute need for non-partisan, convening approaches – Government, media, universities, non-profits, business all must contribute something – Public interest use “of” the Internet not just “on” it e-democracy.org
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